Enjoy the Great Outdoors and Earn your Jr Ranger Patch!
Girl Scouts is continuing to partner with the National Park
Service and the “Girl Scout Ranger Program,” a program connecting
girls with National Park Service sites throughout the United States.
Through this program, girls are invited to play outdoors, learn about
national parks and why they're preserved, and develop essential
leadership skills. Even better, girls have the opportunity to earn
patches, complete journeys, and achieve Take Action and Gold Award projects!
There are 5 easy steps to earn your ranger patch.
earn your Ranger patch thru 5 simple steps:
Choose a National Park Service site
a national park, a monument, or any of 417 sites protected by the
National Park Service. Explore nature, learn the history and read
the stories to discover why it is important to preserve your
Imagine Yourself in a National Park
Brainstorm activities that you might want to experience at a
national park. Consider working outside with a geologist or inside
identifying fossils. Maybe wildfire restoration, building a bridge,
or a night sky project interests you.
Contact the park and make a plan
Call the park (the phone number is on the park’s website
under Contact Us). Identify yourself as a Girl Scout. Ask if there
is someone who works with the Girl Scout Ranger program or a
volunteer coordinator. Express your ideas to the coordinator.
Together, plan a project to help the park and fulfill your
Go to the park and Have Fun!
If your park does not have a volunteer program or is too far
away to visit, create a Take Action Project.
Share the experience
Share your best shots on Instagram and Twitter using
#FindYourPark and #NPS101 (don't forget to tag @GirlScouts!) and
invite your entire troop to do the same!
Can this program contribute toward earning the Girl Scout Bronze,
Silver, or Gold Award?
The Girl Scout Ranger program is not a part of the
qualifications for the Girl Scout Bronze, Silver or Gold Award.
However experiences you gain from participating in the Girl Scout
Ranger program may contribute toward your progress in earning the
award. Visit the Girl Scout award webpage for more information on the
criteria for earning the Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award.
Why five hours for a certificate and ten hours for a patch?
Girls scouts are awarded a program certificate upon completion
of set hour requirements for the program (5 hours for a certificate,
10 hours for the Girl Scout Ranger patch). We strongly believe that
with these set hour requirements, girls will come away with not just a
certificate or patch, but the reward of discovery, sense of awareness
and hopefully an interest in continuing their experiences at national
parks that will build from awareness to knowledge, from interest and
skills to participation, and ultimately to conservation as a value and
habit, in addition to achieving Girl Scout leadership outcomes. The
hour requirement can be met through a series of park experiences, so
the program’s flexible participation design ensures that we afford
Girl Scouts with the opportunity to have a continuum of diverse park
experiences that foster long-term engagement with the NPS and the outdoors.
How did this program come about?
The Girl Scout Ranger
program is a collaboration between the GSUSA and the NPS under the
umbrella Linking Girls to the Land program. It is an expansion of the
former Resource Stewardship Girl Scout Ranger Program.
As the nation and the world are increasingly turning to technology,
some believe this leads to a decrease in children participating in
outdoor activities. The Girl Scout Ranger program supports the NPS
goal of introducing youth to the outdoors. The experience provides
girls the opportunity to expand their horizons, develop new ideas, new
perspectives, and gain an increased appreciation for natural and
cultural resource stewardship. The Girl Scout Ranger program is also a
great opportunity for girls to join together, have fun, and make a difference!
Why should I be engaged in this program?
The Girl Scout
Ranger program is exciting and fun! You can have fun in the outdoors
and at the same time discover something new about yourself and your
surroundings. Consider engaging girls in a journey or other Girl Scout
program activity in a park and earn hours toward the certificate or
patch. There is a project or activity for every grade level. When
girls work with the park, projects can be catered towards the girls’
interests and goals. There are many different types of career
opportunities with the National Park Service like biology,
firefighting, education and interpretation that you could explore! It
is so important and very rewarding for you to get outside, take in
some fresh air, see wildlife, discover culture, and learn your role in
protecting our environment.
Who gives me my Jr Ranger Patch and/or certificate?
patches and certificates are given to you directly from the National
Park that you work with.